Shift Change Does Not Result in Family Status Discrimination

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2011

A correctional officer with 20 years’ experience grieved a shift schedule change, claiming that the new requirement that she work night shifts amounted to discrimination based on family status.

Until 2008, D.J., a single mother with an 11-year-old child, had been rotating between day and afternoon shifts and avoiding the night shift courtesy of a female colleague who voluntarily worked permanent nights across the shift schedule at the co-ed correctional facility.

Following that colleague’s reassignment, the female officers on D.J’s “A” shift were required to cycle through the night shift. For D.J. this meant five sets of night shifts totaling 30 days per year.